Monday, January 17, 2011

The Golden Globes Winners 2011...

After starting the day with brunch at Campanile Restaurant and literally almost bumping into Gwen Stefani on the way to the restrooms, it was time to enjoy the 68th Golden Globe Awards in the evening.
Golden Globes 2011 banner
This year was a great night for openly gay talent and gay-friendly films and TV shows (plus Ricky Gervais' comment about closeted gay Scientologists was especially funny).

BEST TV SERIES - COMEDY OR MUSICAL: GLEE
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS TV SERIES: JANE LYNCH
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR TV SERIES: CHRIS COLFER
Glee Gleek Out TV billboard
Glee Season 1 part 2 bilboard
Glee won big, including best TV (Comedy/Musical) and for openly gay actors Jane Lynch for her outrageous role as 'Sue Sylvester' and Chris Colfer for his stand-out role as gay student 'Kurt Hummel'.

BEST PICTURE - MUSICAL OR COMEDY: THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT
BEST ACTRESS - MUSICAL OR COMEDY MOTION PICTURE: ANNETTE BENING
The Kids Are All Right posterThe Kids Are All Right Nic and Jules costumes
I'm so pleased that The Kids Are All Right received the recognition it deserved, both for Annette Bening and for the movie itself about a family with two lesbian mums.


BEST ACTOR TV SERIES - MUSICAL OR COMEDY: JIM PARSONS
Big Bang Theory TV billboard
Another openly gay actor, Jim Parsons, took home a Best Actor Golden Globe for his role as geek 'Sheldon Cooper' in the comedy, Big Bang Theory.

BEST ACTRESS TV SERIES - MUSICAL OR COMEDY: LAURA LINNEY
The Big C TV billboard
Honorary gay (for her breakout role as Mary Ann Singleton in The Tales of The City TV adaptations), Laura Linney, deservedly took home the Golden Globe for The Big C, for her role as a wife and mother who finds out she has terminal cancer and decides to make the most of the time she has left.

BEST ORIGINAL SONG - MOTION PICTURE: BURLESQUE
Burlesque movie billboard
Probably the gayest film of the year due to the cosmic convergence of the legendary Cher and pop princess, Christina Aguilera, Burlesque took home the Golden Globe for Best Original Song for 'You Haven't Seen The Last Of Me' by Diane Warren (performed by Cher).

BEST ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE - DRAMA: COLIN FIRTH
The King's Speech movie posterThe King's Speech movie costumes
Finally after being passed over for his amazing performance in A Single Man last award season, Colin Firth has been recognised as Best Actor for his role as the stammering George VI in The King's Speech. Let's hope Geoffrey Rush also gets the credit he's due for this film at the Oscars.

If you're a fan, be sure to check out these original costumes worn by Colin Firth in The King's Speech.


BEST ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE - DRAMA: NATALIE PORTMAN
Black Swan film posterNatalie Portman Black Swan outfit
Along with The King's Speech, Black Swan was one of my five favourite movies of 2010, so I was thrilled that Natalie Portman won the Golden Globe for Best Picture Drama Actress for her convincing portrayal of a disturbed ballet dancer in Black Swan. I also thought she had one of the prettiest dresses of the night.

Be sure to check out more photos of the ballet costume Natalie Portman wore in Black Swan on display.

BEST MOTION PICTURE - DRAMA: THE SOCIAL NETWORK
BEST MOTION PICTURE - SCREENPLAY: AARON SORKIN
BEST MOTION PICTURE - DIRECTOR: DAVID FINCHER
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: TRENT REZNOR & ATTICUS ROSS
The Social Network film billboards
The story behind Facebook, The Social Network, was also a big winner on the night, taking home four prestigious awards. It'll be interesting to see how they fare at the Academy Awards this year, after such success.

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE - TOY STORY 3
Toy Story 3 Woody billboard
I thought it was no surprise that Toy Story 3 won best animated feature this year, it truly is a superb film and beat off some surprisingly tough competition like Tangled and How to Train Your Dragon.

BEST MOTION PICTURE SUPPORTING ACTOR: CHRISTIAN BALE
BEST MOTION PICTURE SUPPORTING ACTRESS: MELISSA LEO
The Fighter movie poster
The Fighter claimed the best supporting awards for Christian Bale and Melissa Leo.

BEST TV DRAMA ACTRESS: KATEY SAGAL
Sons of Anarchy TV billboard
Sons of Anarchy actress Katey Sagal took home the Best Actress for a TV Drama Golden Globe.

BEST TV SERIES - DRAMA: BOARDWALK EMPIRE
BEST TV DRAMA ACTOR: STEVE BUSCEMI
Boardwalk Empire TV billboard
HBO picked up two awards for its critically-acclaimed new show, Boardwalk Empire, including Best Actor Golden Globe for Steve Buscemi.

BEST ACTOR MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVIE: AL PACINO
You Don't Know Jack poster
Al Pacino received a Golden Globe for You Don't Know Jack, although I thought he gave one of the worst acceptance speeches.

BEST ACTRESS MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVIE: CLAIRE DANES
Temple Grandin TV poster
Claire Danes repeated her Emmy success for her portrayal of Temple Grandin (who is always a joy to see in the audience).

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: IN A BETTER WORLD (DENMARK)
In A Better World movie poster
The Danish film In A Better World won the foreign language category that Ricky Gervais commented that no one in America cares much about.

BEST ACTOR - MUSICAL OR COMEDY MOTION PICTURE: PAUL GIAMATTI
Barney's Version movie poster
Paul Giamatti beat off Johnny Depp (nominated twice), Jake Gyllenhaal and Kevin Spacey to win Best Actor Golden Globe in a comedy for Barney's Version. Is it bad that I've never even heard of this film?

BEST TV MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES: CARLOS
Carlos TV movie poster
Again another winner that I have no prior knowledge of, Carlos won Best TV Movie.

And finally the Cecil B. Demille Lifetime Award went to Robert De Niro, who gave a pretty awful and controversial speech with his jokes about illegal immigrants and the waiters at the Golden Globe Awards.

All in all it was an enjoyable event and it didn't run over by too much compared to last year (although Ricky Gervais was conspicuously absent in the second half of the ceremony so it makes you wonder if he was told off for making fun of The Tourist and his other remarks).

Now it's time to get excited for this year's Oscars...

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